Railway Court issues Warrant against Union Joint Home Secretary

Bilaspur (BSP): The Hon’ble Court of Railway Magistrate issued a bailable warrant against Union Joint Home Secretary V Shashank Shekhar and asked him to appear in person before the court on November 23, 2015. He is a witness in a case of his own abduction.

According to facts of the case, Sheshakr – an IAS officer of Nagaland cadre – was travelling to Kolkata by Mumbai-Howrah Gitanjali express on November 8, 2008. Three perrsons, identified as Gaurav Wadhwani (26), Deepak Wadhwani (19) and Sutesh Bhogul (23) – all residents of Raipur, boarded the train from Raipur.

Shekhar had an altercation with them as they did not have proper tickets and he objected to their unauthorized entry into the compartment. As the train arrived near Lal Khadan railway crossing at the outer of Bilaspur, the three stopped the train by pulling chain and forced Shekhar to accompany them.

The three got down from the train along with Shekhar and forced him to get into an auto. Some policemen on duty at Torwa Guru Nanak square stopped the auto, where Shekhar informed the policemen that he was being kidnapped by the three. They were brought to the police station, where a case of kidnapping was registered against the accused.

On the same day, an FIR was also lodged by RPF against unidentified persons for unauthorized stopping of the train at Lal Khadan railway crossing, which resulted in the train getting three minutes late. Investigating the matter, more cases under various sections of the Railway Act were registered against the three.

The matter came up for hearing in the court of special railway magistrate in the year 2009. RPF had made Shekhar, who was the then district collector in Nagaland, a witness in the case of his abduction attempt by the above mentioned three accused.

Shekhar was served a court summon to be present during the next hearing of the case on November 23, 2015, to which he sent a fax to special railway magistrate Vikram Pratap Chandra, urging him to be allowed to give his statement through video conferencing.

The court, however, did not find any legal basis on which Shekhar could be exempted from appearing in person before the court. Consequently the special railway court rejected Shekhar’s plea in this regard and issued a bailable warrant of Rs 500 against him and has asked him to appear before the court on November 23, 2015.

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